FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Plant-Based Diets?

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Epidemiology studies support the plant-based diet.  Those cultures that have the lowest risk of heart disease and cancer eat more plant-based diets and less meat and cheese.  For example, Asian and Mediterranean countries traditionally followed this diet and as they increased their intake of Western foods (i.e., more meat), their disease rates increased.

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Grass-fed Beef Facts

Hereford Steer

Hereford Steer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A  straight-forward approach on the pros and cons of grass-fed beef compared to CAFO beef.   It can be harder to find but nutritionally worth it due to less calories and omega-3 content. .  So many factors are at play here like the  economic  and environmental effects, however.       CLICK HERE.

There is a word of caution here.  Conjugated linoleic acid  (mentioned in the article)  is often touted as a cancer fighter but the  research is conflicting and sparse as to its health benefits in humans.  It can be found in supplement form but there are some safety concerns.  New research shows that the type of CLA in the pills may have some potentially serious side effects, including promoting insulin resistance, raising glucose levels, and reducing HDL (good) cholesterol.

It is  doubtful that those safety issues exist from its intake from food (meat and dairy products). CLICK HERE.


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The SAD Diet in Numbers

English: Photo by R L Sheehan of commercially ...

English: Photo by R L Sheehan of commercially available packages. For Wikipedia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not so good news about the Standard American Diet.  No wonder we are getting fatter and less healthy than in past decades. Will it ever turn around?  We need a major food culture change but I fear it only can change if we begin to educate our very youngest children’s palates to appreciate the taste and enjoyment of whole real foods again.

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The following is an interesting discourse on infant feeding and how it can influence  eating habits later in life.

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